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Kodachrome Wedding: 1956

Kodachrome Wedding: 1956

We return to Southern California circa 1956 for the next in this series of Kodachrome slides, which finds us at a wedding with the bridesmaids in Easter egg pastels, carrying matching bouquets of dyed carnations. View full size.

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Re: A-Veiled Themselves

I don't know much about bridal fashion history, but I know from family photos that when my aunt and uncle were married in 1958 the bridesmaids wore veils with their dresses. The same happened when my parents were married in 1971.

Handsome gentlemen, beautiful ladies, a 56-year belated congratulations to the happy couple!

Beautiful colors!

Wow! Those are actually very pretty bridesmaid dresses. Very well done for whomever selected them (I assume the bride). She has very nice taste. I can just imagine them getting into their pastel colored Oldsmobiles, DeSotos, and Mercurys.


It always depresses me when photos and slides like this are found in thrift stores, antique malls, eBay, garage sales and the garbage. This was a very special moment to these people, is no one left alive from the group to care for these memories? I hate to see anyone's life discarded and forgotten.


There is something wrong here. The bridesmaids' dresses are pretty.

A-veiled themselves

How come the bridesmaids are also wearing veils? I do like that the groomsmen go up in size as they move out the side of the frame.

Love the Bridesmaids!

Those dresses are in classic 1950s colors -- Pink, Yellow and Blue were very popular, as was Coral and shades of Pastel Green.

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